Books and Technology
With our rapid evolution in the world of technology, one should never be surprised by new and unique outlets for expression. Not only does the Internet make new art forms available to us, it also opens up the possibility of becoming collaborative and getting involved.
Nowadays, writers have the ability to instantly send their books to publishers and their peers via the Internet. This leads to a faster turnover rate and allows the writer to receive feedback almost instantly. While many believe that the rise of Internet technology is bad news for authors and publishers of novels, others believe that it is also the ideal solution for writing and publishing more effectively.
If you are an author, you will know how difficult it is to publish your books. If getting published isn’t hard enough, getting other people to take the time to read your material is almost as difficult. The Internet allows faster access to your reading material and gives you the ability to distribute your work through a myriad of sources.
With the ever increasing use of television, social networking sites and video games, we run the risk of books being phased out. Why should we spend six hours reading a book when we can relax and understand the whole story in a two hour movie? Well, there are many reasons why reading material is essential for human growth and development.
First, books allow us to use our imaginations in ways that television and movies cannot. While reading a novel, we can reflect on issues such as character development and emotion. No matter how many people read the same novel, the protagonist will always be seen slightly differently in each reader’s mind. In addition, reading often acts as a type of therapy for many people. Most readers tend to find something in a character they identify with, and through that connection the reader and writer can take a journey together. Essentially, the writer cannot exist without the reader, and vice versa.
Because American children read less and less, due to the influx of media and television sources, they are becoming increasingly illiterate. While we cannot force children to read, we should encourage them as much as possible to choose books over movies from an early age. Watching the screen turns people into consumers, while reading turns people into creators. Many studies show that encouraging reading at a young age significantly improves learning and attention skills later in life.
Learning to read and write effectively also helps improve one’s overall attention span. If you are successful and are well trained in literacy, you are sure to go far. A lot of people don’t realize how important writing skills are to being successful in life, but if you’re looking for a top-notch career, chances are you have to be a decent writer. It’s that simple: Reading books goes a long way in improving your general writing skills.